What Can You Eat With the HCG Diet?
When a healthy diet and regular exercise aren’t giving the results you want, the HCG diet could be the answer. With proven effectiveness and a host of extraordinary benefits, this method is more than a diet; it’s a metabolism-boosting solution for those who are struggling to lose weight. We proudly curate HCG treatment plans at Slimedica in San Antonio, Texas. Below we explore everything you need to know about HCG and disclose what you can eat when on the HCG diet.
What Is HCG?
HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a protein-based hormone produced in women during pregnancy. The HCG hormone impacts ovulation and female fertility and increases the production of testosterone in men.
HCG also promotes weight loss in both men and women because it can help enhance metabolism. When introduced to the body, HCG increases metabolism, which makes it a powerful tool for quickly losing a substantial amount of weight. Metabolism is the process the body uses to turn food into energy. When the metabolism is sluggish or slow, people tend to gain weight or find it difficult to lose weight.
Slow Metabolism Woes
You’ve likely heard people say a slow metabolism causes their weight loss woes, but what causes a slow metabolism? Many factors contribute to a slowing of metabolism:
Was there ever a time when you or someone you know could eat whatever they wanted without gaining weight? If so, this probably happened when you were well under 40, and especially in your early 20s. Metabolism slows as we age, especially when there is also a decrease in physical activity. Most people experience a slowing of metabolism as time passes.
Drinking water is vital for human survival, and at least half of the body is comprised of it. Dehydration is one of the top factors contributing to slow metabolism. Not drinking enough water throughout the day can have unintended consequences on metabolism and weight.
Eating enormous amounts of carbohydrates slows the metabolism. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugar that is either burned quickly (in those with naturally-fast metabolisms) or stored as fat as our metabolism slows. The main culprits are refined white sugars and grains, but large amounts of any carbohydrate can make it harder to keep your metabolism running and reach your weight loss goals.
Certain genetic factors play a role in the rate of metabolism. Although we can’t choose which genes are passed down to us, we can take action to support the metabolism in other ways. By acknowledging what we can and cannot change, we can combat a slow metabolism.
Hormones influence the way the body processes food and fluids. Hormonal fluctuations or imbalances can impact the metabolism. Hormonal conditions like an overactive or underactive thyroid and diabetes dictate the rate the metabolism functions.
A sedentary lifestyle is often to blame for slowing metabolism. Exercise releases hormones in the body that promote the metabolic rate and encourage weight loss. A routine of aerobic exercise, combined with strength training, can put the body back into balance.
Certain medications are known to slow down the metabolism. Antidepressants, steroids, diabetes medication, hormone therapies, and medications that slow the heart rate can all contribute to weight gain. Not all medications in these classes impact the metabolism, but many do.
If you aren’t getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night, it could slow your metabolism. Sleep is the time when our body works overtime to heal and run all the processes necessary to keep the body healthy. A lack of sleep can spike blood sugar, which triggers an increase in insulin that the body converts to fat.
Most of us could admit that feeling stress doesn’t lead to the best eating habits, but stress is more than a mental inconvenience. When we feel stressed, the body produces the hormone cortisol. Ongoing stress creates an overexposure to cortisol, which could lead to a drop in testosterone production. Less testosterone can lead to a decrease in muscle mass, and fewer burned calories.
Not getting enough vital nutrients in the diet can cause the metabolism to slow. Research shows that deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, B vitamins, and iron play a role in metabolic functioning.
What Happens in HCG Treatment?
HCG treatment is a two-layered process designed to boost metabolism and help clients lose weight. This treatment involves HCG hormone therapy and caloric restriction through the use of the diet.
There are several methods for introducing the HCG hormone to the body to improve metabolism. Injecting HCG into the bloodstream is one way to receive this treatment. Injections of HCG are only performed by a trained medical professional. Other options include over-the-counter hormone tablets, sprays, and oral drops.
During HCG treatment, we introduce the hormone into your system, and you follow the diet until you reach your weight loss goals. The HCG works to eliminate fat while managing your food cravings and hunger pangs, and we work together to help you control the number of calories you eat.
What Is the HCG Diet?
The HCG diet is a very low-fat and low-calorie diet. It goes hand-in-hand with HCG Therapy. It is a restrictive diet, which means you must restrict how many calories you eat every day and monitor the food eaten. Most HCG dieters limit their caloric intake to 500 calories per day and only eat foods approved by the diet.
Because of the restrictive nature of the diet, losing weight with HCG requires commitment and dedication to your weight loss goals.
How Does It Work?
Calories in versus calories out; these days, we hear this thrown around everywhere for weight loss, and this is how the diet works. Many people eat more calories than they burn every day. When you want to lose weight, you must reduce the number of calories in the body every day. There are only two ways to cut calories: exercise and the restriction of food.
By restricting your daily intake to 500 calories, you lose weight. For many people, sheer willpower isn’t enough to monitor calories. Using HCG therapy while restricting calories offers the support needed to make this change.
HCG hormone treatment curbs hunger during the diet, which makes it much easier to achieve the 500 calorie threshold without caving to cravings. Many clients report not feeling hungry when using HCG treatment.
We tailor each treatment schedule to the individual needs of our clients. During your consultation, we will discuss your goals and come up with a treatment plan.
HCG treatment includes three phases, and we design your custom weight loss schedule by how much weight you want to lose. In general, your custom weight loss schedule will follow the guidelines below:
The first phase of your HCG treatment is when you first take the hormones. You start by introducing the hormone to your body while continuing to eat high-calorie foods for two days. During this time, you can prepare for the next phase by learning about the approved foods for the diet and shopping accordingly. It also gives you time to prepare for all the significant changes on the way mentally.
After two days of eating high-calorie foods, you’ll begin the restrictive diet and supplement with HCG. On day three, reduce calories to 500 and only eat approved foods. This weight loss phase requires the most customization. In your consultation, we’ll discuss how much weight you want to lose. This amount of weight dictates the duration of phase two. Phase two usually lasts anywhere from three to six weeks.
During this phase, you learn that your body doesn’t need processed foods and excessive calories. This time is often both exciting and reflective when you learn more about your eating habits and beliefs about what is possible. Watching the weight melt away is often all the incentive clients need to continue.
During this period, you’ll stop taking HCG and gradually increase the number of calories you eat. The diet still places restrictions on what you can eat during this phase, but the limits aren’t as dramatic. You should avoid sugar and starch in phase three, but you may eat more calories.
We also call this the maintenance phase. At the end of this phase, you can start eating carbs and sugar again. At the end of phase three, you can implement everything you learned during other phases.
Although you won’t take HCG or have as many restrictions on your diet, you can make the most of the time by engaging in eating habits that will help you keep the weight off.
What Are the Benefits?
With all the diets and weight loss options on the market, many people want to know what makes HCG treatment different. If you are like most people, you also want to know that all your hard work will pay off. Below we look at some incredible benefits of using HCG:
HCG treatment is proven to help users lose weight. Many clients see results in as little as one week. Results of the treatment vary, but many people lose 7 to 28 pounds per week during treatment.
With weight loss comes an array of desirable improvements to health, including lowered cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, decreased risk of disease, increased energy, fewer aches and pains, and an improvement in insulin sensitivity.
Health is paramount, but looking good never hurts. Often people find that the way they look after HCG treatment is one of the biggest motivators for keeping weight off.
Taking HCG can increase workout performance and prevent you from losing muscle mass while on the restrictive diet. Using this treatment can help you reach your ideal fitness level. HCG has even become the ideal testosterone enhancement option for bodybuilders who don’t want to risk the negative consequences that come with steroid use.
The sexual hormones aren’t excluded from the equation when HCG balances the body’s hormones. Men and women alike sometimes find that desire increases during treatment.
HCG supports fertility in women and men. For women, this treatment can trigger ovulation and help them prepare for pregnancy. HCG can increase sperm count in men and improve the chances of conception.
What Can I Eat With the HCG Diet?
The HCG diet is results-driven. By following the diet strictly, you can reap the most benefits. During the diet, you will eat lunch and dinner every day. During these two meals, you must consume protein, vegetables, fruit, and drinks from the approved diet list only.
Each food on the diet list is inspected for the amount of fat, sugar, carbohydrates, and protein found in each food type. Eating foods not found on the approved list impacts the results of the diet, so it’s crucial to follow the list. Remember that the diet requires restricting calories to only 500 per day, so you must count calories to follow the diet. Below we look at the approved foods for each category.
To follow the diet, you must eat 200 grams of protein twice daily. Protein sources are not created equally, so the diet requires that you eat from the following protein list. Vegans and vegetarians can also use the HCG diet by choosing the plant-based protein sources approved below.
- Approved protein shakes
- Beef (extra lean and grass-fed only)
- Cottage cheese
- Eggs (one whole and three whites per serving)
- Tofu (in moderation because of estrogen production)
- Veggie or black bean burgers (non-breaded)
The diet approves eating one cup of vegetables per meal for a total of two cups per day. Although vegetables are always healthier than snack foods, some are especially useful for losing weight with HCG. Approved vegetables are:
- Beet greens
This diet isn’t entirely without sweets. It requires two servings of fruit every day. Eat one serving of the fruit options below with each meal:
It’s always best to drink as much water as possible, but this is particularly useful when in the weight loss phase of the diet. Water doesn’t have any calories, so you are free to drink as much water as you want.
You may also drink coffee and tea as long as you do not add sugar, creamer, or milk. You may add a little stevia to sweeten your coffee or tea. Hydration is a vital part of the dieting process, so drink plenty of fluids every day.
What Can I Expect?
Although it might seem like a lot of work to plan for the diet, it gets more comfortable with time. Losing weight is a lifestyle, and by learning the foods that will help you achieve your weight-loss objectives, you can learn to create delicious meals from the approved list.
Just because the diet is restrictive doesn’t mean that you have to endure bland and boring meals. Instead of using unapproved condiments and flavorings, experiment with natural herbs to flavor food. You might find that after the diet is over that, you crave healthier alternatives.
Embarking on your HCG journey takes discipline and commitment; however, it delivers fast and rewarding results that make all your effort worth it.
Am I a Good Candidate?
When your diet and exercise routine still isn’t delivering the weight loss results you want, HCG could be a good option for you. Deciding to use HCG to lose weight is best discussed with our medical professionals at Slimedica. We can help you map out the weight loss method that is effective and safe.
Schedule Your Consultation
Are you interested in learning more about what the HCG diet could do for you? Our expert staff can help you find a solution that fits your needs best. Contact us today at Slimedica in San Antonio, Texas to schedule your consultation.